Posts by Stephen Holmes

WorkXplore 2018 R2 speeds up file opening and updates help functionality

Published 10 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, vero, workxplore

Colour has been added to enhance surface faces

Vero has released an updated version of WorkXplore, completely updating its online help in the latest version to include new icons along with dialog and menu screen captures, to aid users recognise where they are in the help file.

The software was created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed - taking up to less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application - with the time saved better put to use.

2018 R2 displays RGB colour for sheets, added into the software’s Face Information dialog.

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IoT tool TeamViewer integrates with PTC’s ThingWorx for remote access

Published 09 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, manufacturing, ptc, cloud, thingworx, teamviewer

TeamViewer, a software provider for IoT, connectivity, monitoring, support, and team collaboration, has announced that its remote access solution is now integrated into PTC’s ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform.

The move extends the platform’s reach to allow for embedded remote access functionalities - letting service technicians securely access and control the affected device.

It is expected that such technology will improve and facilitate incident management as operational teams can immediately react and intervene to operational issues to reduce downtime, time to repair, and service expenses.

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Onshape Update // May adds organisational tools and shortcuts

Published 08 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, cloud, onshape

May sees a new keyboard shortcut function for fast switching between tabs

The regular onslaught of updates resumes with May’s list of functionality improvements, organisational tools and some nifty shortcuts.

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Carbon bounces traditional foams out the window with new ‘bulk buy’ EPU 41 material

Published 02 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, materials, carbon, carbon3d

EPU 41 is the latest functional material ready for use straight off Carbon’s 3D printers

Carbon’s library of tunable elastomer lattices and software tools has been boosted further by the announcement of EPU 41 to its 3D printable elastomeric material family.

Well-suited for producing the kinds of elastomeric lattice geometries that can outperform traditional foams, EPU 41 has a higher resilience and better low-temperature performance compared to EPU 40, and its combination of tear strength, energy return, and elongation make it perfect for cushioning, impact absorption, and comfort.

EPU 41 is also said to perform very well in functional testing, including fatigue, hydrolysis, UV-stability, and plastic deformation tests.

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Cloud-based machine design software adds automatic plastic panels ordering

Published 02 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cloud, 3d design, vention

Vention’s cloud-based machine design platform is taking further steps to close the production process by equipping its MachineBuilder with the ability to automatically create custom plastic panels based on surrounding geometries.

Partnering with Groups PolyAlto, the software will be able to design and order cut-to-size plastic panels for delivery within 48 hours of order confirmation - removing all of the traditional steps of 3D design, manual quoting, CAD file exchange and order processing.

It’s a small part of the workflow, but the portfolio of products offered in this way is expected to grow - already Groupe PolyAlto supports nine different plastic materials through this digitally integrated workflow.

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3D Systems Figure 4 jets in to USAF R&D program

Published 27 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, aerospace, military

US Air Force legacy aircraft, like the B-52 bomber, could be the beneficiary of the latest stage of research into 3D printing for maintenance

Aircraft maintenance and legacy parts is high on the agenda for the United States Air Force (USAF), so the announcement of 3D Systems’ Figure 4 Production system being drafted into an Air Force-sponsored research program is big news for advancing the technology.

Overseen by America Makes, the US national additive manufacturing innovation institute, and led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the initiative is bringing together 3D printing and aerospace manufacturing leaders, including 3D Systems, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman.

The USAF will explore how the Figure 4 Production system can be used to reproduce aircraft components for decades old planes that may no longer have reliable sources of replacement parts - the the goal to rapidly deliver replacement parts ‘just-in-time’ without minimum order quantities – eliminating the need for parts warehousing and reducing time of aircraft on ground.

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GE’s new Spectra H AM system a crack option for specialist materials like TiAl

Published 25 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, ge, arcam, ge additive

GE Additive has unveiled the Arcam EBM Spectra H, a new metal additive manufacturing system designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials, such as Titanium Aluminide (TiAl).

Initially, the Arcam EBM Spectra H will support both TiAl and Alloy 718 and additional Ni-super alloys will be supported from 2019 onwards. Once GE Additive‘s materials science team finishes exploring all the future opportunities for high heat materials, new capabilities will be introduced, potentially including; nickel superalloys, tungsten, CoCr, stainless steel and metal matrix composites.

A 200 x 200 x 380mm build area will be home to a 6kW HV-unit, which will handle all the pre- and post-heating steps, something GE Additive’s Arcam engineers say will take half the time compared with current EBM machines.

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